All this past winter I was simmering about doing a job on the house, specifically the electric. This leads as night follows day to other things, for you cannot have one new bit laughing at the rest of the place. It leads to conflict and discord.
The fusebox was in dire need of renewal. Was dire ten years ago. And this year was the year, since the power company said old wiring was the reason I was having trouble with the shower and cooker brownouts. So this past week I had an electrician in and now I’ve a brand spanking new trip-switch with a whole heap of new plug sockets bringing the number nearer the needs of the 21st century and less those of Faraday.
While all this was going on, I was out painting the floors in the shed with a hard-wearing acrylic so everything, dishwasher, clothes washer, drier, tools (power and other) was relegated out-of-doors to free the floor for the washing drying and subsequent painting.
This morning, I’m listening to a tweep-tweep of a hungry mobile phone. And the ground seemed to have opened up and swallowed the teat used to feed the thing. I’ve searched and searched. Searched in places I darn well know I wouldn’t have put it, just in case I had a brain fart and put it there. And you’d think Samsung -the gobshites- would have made the phone charger fitting work with the compact camera fitting since they are the same. (I have that one.) The same to the eye anyway. But no.
Now, I’m not one of those Luddites that thinks everything back in the day was better. Because it wasn’t. But a few things concept-wise operated seamlessly. There was an idea that one standardized where one could, and where it mattered. So ALL fuse boxes are now gone in both the UK and Ireland. Mine was a hold out. All plugs are three-pin. And pretty much everything works at or about 240 volts. So why then have I fricking wires coming out of drawers like an untrimmed French chick on a beach. And for things I’ve not one clue what they’re for since the parent item has had its day 10, 8, 6, years ago.
But they’ve scared us haven’t they. Terrified the bejeepers out of us. Has anyone bought a replacement wire for a doohickey-doodad recently. Well you won’t pull the price out of the free-range coin in your pocket, that’s for certain.